(Effective Fall 2019)

This major offers the equivalent of the first two years in a four-year bachelor of arts or bachelor of science major. The curriculum is flexible; students select courses based on the requirements of the four-year college to which they plan to transfer. (We recommend that students identify the college to which they plan to transfer as soon as possible.) A faculty adviser works with each student to design a course sequence that best meets the student's future plans.

Recommended High School Subjects

Students should complete a college-preparatory academic program including English literature and composition, mathematics (including at least algebra), social studies, science, and relevant electives.

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will complete placement exams to assess mathematics, reading and English competencies. Students are expected to complete any developmental course work as explained in the College Catalog (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting ).

Program Goals

Upon completion of the General Studies program, the student should have an academic background sufficient to transfer into a baccalaureate degree program and should be able to:
  • apply critical-thinking skills to reason logically and to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information in a variety of academic, personal, and professional situations.
  • explain the inter-relationships among various academic disciplines.
  • demonstrate appreciation for the social, cultural, and natural environments and for diverse cultural beliefs and behaviors.
  • use research skills in both preparation and presentation of written and oral projects.
  • write with the proficiency sufficient to pursue upper-level course work or meet entry-level professional requirements.
  • employ effective oral and written communication skills in a variety of academic, personal, and professional situations.
  • identify a focus for upper-level course work.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
MMM Math Elective (MTH151 or Higher) 3   S MMM
OEE Exploration Electives 3   S OEE
SCI Science Elective 3   S SCI
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
ENL121 English Composition II 3 3 S REQ
MNS Math Elective (MTH153 or Higher) 3   S MNS
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3 3 S REQ
or
SPC201 Interpersonal Communication 3 3 S REQ
or
SPC102 Fundamentals of Small Group Communication 3 3 S REQ
SSP Core Social Science Perspective 3   S SSP
SCL Science Elective with lab 4   S SCL
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
HIP Core Historical Perspective 3   S HIP
ARP Core Arts Perspective 3   S ARP
OEE Exploration Electives 3   S OEE
OEE Exploration Electives 3   S OEE
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
OEE Exploration Electives 3   S OEE
OEE Exploration Electives 3   S OEE
OEE Exploration Electives 3   S OEE
CDP Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective 3   S CDP
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
TOTAL CREDITS 15

Most bachelor-degree programs require at least one history course. A World History I and/or II (HIS 116, HIS 126) will satisfy that requirement as well as the diversity requirement.